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Alliance for New Music-Theatre

2023 Winter/Spring Season of Live & About – 12th Season

A Journey in Musical Languages across the Spectrum of Music-Theatre

Through Performance & Conversation

 

We had a very successful Fall 2022 Season for our “Live & About” series and have put together another eclectic program for the Winter/Spring 2023 Season with Outings to five different productions in the DC area.

If you are interested in subscribing for this season, please contact us at info@newmusictheatre.org

This is the schedule for our 2023 Winter/Spring Season:

February

KINKY BOOTS

by Olney Theatre

Olney Maryland

 

Thursday, February 23 @ 8:00 pm

or

Sunday, February 26 @ 2:00 pm

 

The uplifting Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit by superstar Cyndi Lauper lands on the Olney Theatre Mainstage in spike heels and ready to strut. Charlie Price is desperately trying to save his family’s shoe factory, when an encounter with Lola, a London drag queen in need of a quick repair for her boot, unites them in a new business venture. In order for their plan to work, the macho culture of Charlie’s economically depressed industrial hometown is going to have to co-exist with the gender-fluid exuberance of Lola and her queens. Hilarious and moving, Kinky Boots is an optimistic, 21st Century tale of finding community and family in unlikely circumstances.

March

BLUE

by Washington National Opera

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Sunday, March 19 @ 2:00 pm

or

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:30pm

 

In Harlem, a couple celebrates the birth of their firstborn—a boy, Black and beautiful. As the mother worries for her son’s future in today’s America, the father wrestles with his role as a police officer, a “Black man in blue.” When the unimaginable happens years later and a white officer kills the son, their deepest fears will come true.

Following its postponement in our 2020–2021 season, WNO presents the long-awaited D.C. premiere of Blue, the “Best New Opera of 2020” (The Music Critics Association of North America). Tony Award®–winning composer Jeanine Tesori and NAACP Theatre Award–winning librettist Tazewell Thompson’s new opera is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and M  and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. Jeanine’s signature genre blending style captures the grief of a community, the bonds of a family, and the vulnerabilities of protecting a child. By giving voice to the joy and pain of families that are often unheard, Blue places timely issues at the forefront of modern opera and invites audiences to the emotional epicenter of their impact.

 

April

PUSH THE BUTTON

by Keegan Theatre

1742 Church Street NW

 

Sunday, April 2 @ 3:00 pm

or

Thursday, April 6 @ 10 am*

 

 

In a town beset by the sordid shenanigans of a prank-prone Villain, justice finally seems to be served when the celebrated Hero accuses Villain of the worst crime of all: Pushing the Button. But when the dutiful Journalist starts asking the right questions, will convicting the Villain prove to be the wrong answer? This playful and poignant parody of modern morality will ask its audiences to question their very notions of right and wrong, crime and punishment, truth and narrative. But most of all, it will beg the question: “Who Pushed the Button??”

(* - Yes, the Thursday show is at 10 am. They are trying to attract younger audiences from DCPS)

May

SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!

at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW

 

Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:30pm

or

Saturday, May 13 @ 2:00 pm

 

Inspired by Gayle F. Wald’s book Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new musical tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe—one of America’s most influential rock, R&B and gospel crossover singers and guitarists. Ambitious, courageous and uncompromisingly public, Tharpe became a pioneer of the women’s movement for racial and sexual equality and musical legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s and 40s and beyond. Dive into Cheryl L. West’s spirited, authentic and emotionally charged story about a charismatic music forerunner and the authentic roots of rock & roll.

 

 

June

GODDESS

by Shakespeare Theatre

Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St., NW

 

Wednesday, June 21 @ 7:30pm

or

Sunday, June 25@ 2:00 pm

 

From award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh (Merry Wives, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play), composer Michael Thurber (Merry Wives), and director/conceiver Saheem Ali (Merry Wives, Nollywood Dreams) comes an exuberant new musical brimming with magical secrets. Following its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goddess tells the story of a mysterious singer who arrives at Moto Moto, a steamy Afro-jazz club in Mombasa, Kenya. She casts an entrancing presence on everyone at the club, including a young man who has returned home from America. Will the big plans for his life—stepping into a political legacy and marrying his fiancée—be upended? Inspired by the myth of Marimba, who created beautiful songs from her heartbreak, Goddess is a rousing tale of romance, the supernatural, and the quest of stepping into one’s true identity.

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We normally end our Spring season in June, recognizing that many participants will be away during the summer. So as an optional Outing in July we are adding FUN HOUSE by Studio Theatre. Live & About subscribers have the option of selecting the five Outings above (Plan A) or adding the sixth Outing (Plan B)

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July

FUN HOUSE

by Studio Theatre

1501 14th Street NW

 

Sunday, July 16 @ 2:00 pm

Or

Wednesday, July 19 @ 7:30pm

 

Alison is 9, begging her father to play with her. She is 19, overcome by the aching and joyous pain of first love. She is 43, an out lesbian hunting for the truth of her brilliant, volatile, and closeted father’s life and death. She is all three at once, trying to untangle the central mystery of her childhood: How did she survive their shared hometown, when her father could not? With a score that ranges from exuberant 70s pop to aching melodies and dissonant harmonies of characters longing to be known, Fun Home is the Tony Award-winning story of a daughter and father, of coming out and coming to terms with a life shaped by a family’s secrets.

 

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If you are interested in subscribing for this season, please contact us at info@newmusictheatre.org

We have arranged the Winter/Spring 2023 Season on a subscription basis with our group discounts.

The group price for our Winter/Spring 2023 Season for five Outings (without FUN HOUSE in July) is $290.

The group price for our Winter/Spring 2023 Season for six Outings (with FUN HOUSE in July) is $350.

After you subscribe to this series Alliance for New Music-Theatre will contact you to record which performance you plan to attend for each Outing.

 

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“Live & About” is an outreach and community engagement series representing different Washington, DC theatre companies and shows across the spectrum of music-theatre.

Participants will enjoy the experience of attending performances as a group, expanding their appetites and critical appreciation for new forms, and supporting a variety of large and smaller music-theatre companies in our nation’s capital. After each show, they will have the opportunity to deepen their experience by engaging with other group members in an informal gathering and sharing in discussions learning from each other different interpretations.

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